Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Sean Marrs

Ph.D. Candidate
Early Modern Europe



Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History, Queen’s University, 2016
Master of Letters in Early Modern History, University of St Andrews, 2017


Sean is a third year Ph.D. student under the supervision of Andrew Jainchill. He is researching state surveillance in eighteenth century France. He is analysing the role played by the Paris police in tracking foreigners who arrived in the French capital as well as the anti-espionage techniques used to uncover spies. He is currently working on an article on the training of police spies in early modern France. Sean has also worked as a research assistant to Andrew Jainchill transcribing the writing of the Marquis d’Argenson.

Conference Presentations

“Royal Power and police surveillance in eighteenth century Paris.” Presented at the Royal Studies Network Conference, online, 2020.
“Flies on the Walls: Power, coercion, and counterespionage in eighteenth century Paris.” Accepted to the Society for the Study of French History Conference, London, United Kingdom, 2020. Conference was delayed until 2021.


Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2020.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Government of Ontario, 2018-2019.
Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence, 2018.